China denounces Lower House isle resolution

Kyodo

Beijing has denounced the Lower House for adopting a resolution criticizing the Aug. 15 landing on the Senkaku Islands by Chinese activists.

Japan’s attempt to bolster its position in the territorial dispute is “illegal and futile,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted as saying Friday by China’s official Xinhua news agency.

In the first resolution over the Senkaku issue ever adopted by the Lower House, the chamber demanded the government strongly urge China to prevent any further landings and to take every measure possible, including strengthening territorial surveillance, to this end.

China and Taiwan both claim the uninhabited islets.

Hong said that if Japan wants to deepen relations with China, it should take “practical action to that end” and take no provocative measures, such as adopting critical resolutions.

Hong also repeated Beijing’s position that the islands have been China’s inherent territory since ancient times. In China they are called Diaoyu, while Taiwan calls them Tiaoyutai.